One day when Fa-yen Wen-i (885-958), one of the well known Chinese Ch'an masters, has ascended his seat. From the assembly, a monk came out and asked:
-What is one drop of water from the fount of Tsao-ch'i?
十八 洞山三斤 | hide chinese .
show chinese | 洞山和尚、因僧問、如何是佛。
A monk asked Tozan, "What is Buddha?" 山云、麻三斤。
Tõzan replied, "Masagin!" [three pounds of flax].
Mumon's Comment 無門曰、洞山老人、參得些蚌蛤禪、纔開兩片露出肝腸。
Old Tõzan attained the poor Zen of a clam. He opened the two halves of the shell a little and exposed all the liver and intestines inside. 然雖如是、且道、向甚處見洞山。
But tell me, how do you see Tõzan?
"Three pounds of flax" came sweeping along;
Close were the words, but closer was the meaning.
Those who argue about right and wrong
Are those enslaved by right and wrong.